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OPERA America serves the opera field in its broadest dimension, supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera. In the United States, it counts 120 Professional Company Members in 42 states, as well as four international company members in Australia (two), Japan and Chile. It also serves 18 professional company members in all seven provinces in Canada, which are members of Opera.ca. Over half of these companies were established after 1970 and over 40% were established since 1980, indicating the growth of opera throughout North America in the last 40 years. OPERA America also works in partnership with Opera Europa to serve 125 affiliated companies both in Europe and around the globe. (Source: OPERA America)
Over 6.5 million people attended a live performance at one of OPERA America’s Professional Company Members during the 2010-2011 season, including educational and outreach programs, as well as festivals. (Source: OPERA America*)
During the 2010-2011 season, OPERA America’s Professional Company Members in North America presented 1,070 mainstage, festival, educational and other productions. (Source: OPERA America*)
In 2008, the median age of the opera attendee was 48, one year older than in 2002. In 2008, 5.2% of adults with a bachelor's or higher degree attended an opera performance. (Source: 2008 NEA Survey of Public Participation of the Arts)
The percentage of adults viewing or listening to opera via broadcast and recorded media remains higher than live attendance. In 2008, 11 million adults, or 4.9% of the population, viewed or listened to an opera broadcast or recording. (Source: 2008 NEA Survey of Public Participation of the Arts)
The collective expenses of American and Canadian Professional Company Members in 2010-2011 were $687 million. The collective revenues for this group in 2010-2011 were $742 million. (Source: OPERA America*)
OPERA America and Opera.ca companies posted $136 million in box office receipts for FY2011, representing almost 20% of total operating income for all companies. (Source: OPERA America*)
Private support of OPERA America and Opera.ca companies totaled $280 million in FY2011, representing 41% of total operating income. (Source: OPERA America*)
Total government support for OPERA America and Opera.ca companies in FY2011 amounted to $36 million, representing 5% of total operating income. (Source: OPERA America*)
In the calendar years 2010 and 2011, OPERA America members were involved with 35 world premieres. Since 1900, 835 new operatic works have been produced by professional opera companies in North America. Of that, 369 new operatic works have been produced since 2000. (Source: OPERA America*)
The most frequently produced operas in the 2011-2012 season were: Puccini's Tosca, Mozart's Così fan tutte, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Verdi’s La traviata, Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Verdi's Aida, Verdi's Attila, Rossini's The Barber of Seville and Mozart's Don Giovanni.

The most frequently produced North American operas in the 2011-2012 season were: Glass's Satyagraha, Kern's Show Boat and Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. (Source: OPERA America*)
* Denotes a fact from which the Metropolitan Opera was excluded.


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